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US refugees flee global warming

by Futures Centre, May 24
1 minute read

Immigration is the hot topic in the US presidential circus, but another migrant crisis is unfolding in its own back yard. For the first time ever, the US government is having to prepare to resettle US citizens who have been irreversibly displaced by global warming, within its own borders. Over the past 60 years the inhabitants of Isle de Jean Charles, on the Louisiana coast, have seen 90% of their land washed away. The federal government has allocated $48 million dollars to help rehome the whole island’s population between now and 2022- the year when what little remains of the land will become uninhabitable. The funds set aside are supposed to help the inhabitants of the spit move to a new location, preserving the integrity of the community as well as individual livelihoods.

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